Decision on prison won’t be revealed until late summer

Letcher County residents may have to wait until the end of the summer to find out whether or not a federal prison will be constructed in Letcher County. Tom Webber, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) chief of Capacity Planning and Construction Branch, said nearly 300 comments about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) were submitted by the public, local agencies […]


Rhino says layoffs are coming

A company with operations in the Deane area of Letcher County says it is temporarily idling most of its mines in central Appalachia. Rhino Resource Partners says it gave 60-day notices to 192 employees that they may be laid off. Company President Joe Funk says it’s happening because of “persistent weakness in the coal markets.” A statement from the company […]

Ex-deputy says he’s not guilty of charges

Former Letcher County Sheriff ’s deputy Brian Damron pleaded not guilty this week to theft-related charges and was ordered to return to court on July 14 for a pre-trial conference. Damron, 38, entered the plea during a short arraignment hearing Monday before Special Letcher Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris. After Damron, of Jenkins, pleaded not guilty to the eight-count indictment […]

History comes alive at West Whitesburg

West Whitesburg Elementary School fifth-grade students researched famous people in history and portrayed them during a living history museum held May 29 in the school library. Students in other grade levels walked through the exhibit and asked the historical figures questions about who they were and what they did that was significant.

Group chisels away at task of opening old railroad tunnel below Pound Gap

Charlie Holbrook remembers trying to get a job back in the Forties when the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway started to blast a 3,600-foot tunnel through Pine Mountain to carry coal from mines in Pound through to Jenkins. Holbrook didn’t get that work but years later got the job of closing up the old portal above Jenkins, he told those gathered […]

Grads include 3 from Letcher

The University of Pikeville College of Arts and Sciences honored 13 new professional social workers, including three from Letcher County, during an inaugural pinning ceremony. Students were pinned by social work faculty during a special candle-lit ceremony recognizing their commitment to higher education and service required in preparation for professional social work practice. “The inaugural pinning of social work graduates […]

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County attorney says program helps drivers

Letcher County Attorney Jamie Hatton this week introduced Drive Safe Kentucky (DSK), a new program to teach and refresh safe driving techniques and review Kentucky traffic laws. The program’s goal is to make the participant a safer driver and to reduce the number of repeat offenders by providing education on traffic and driving safety issues. If eligible, participants will complete […]

The Way We Were

Thursday, June 4, 1925 Jim Anderson was seriously, if not fatally, injured in a mine motor accident. He was taken to Jenkins hospital. . Like other things that lay in the path of progress in Whitesburg, the KY Hotel was torn down this week by workmen with axes, saws, hammers and crowbars. The old Main Street monument was built half […]

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